Malek Jaziri vs Kyle Edmund Tennis Prediction
Malek Jaziri won their first meeting at Nottingham (grass) in 2015, but Kyle Edmund got the revenge when they met in the quarterfinal of ATP Marrakech (clay) earlier this season. Edmund is the better player of these two and will start as the favorite, but Jaziri on current form could be a dangerous opponent. Having played two qualifying matches over the weekend could also be an advantage for him.
Kyle Edmund News
Kyle Edmund’s fine run in the Madrid Masters came to a disappointing end as after defeating the former world #1 Novak Djokovic and current world #10 David Goffin, he lost out to Denis Shapovalov in the quarterfinal.
Nevertheless, it was the British #1’s career-best result in an ATP Masters 1000 event and second best result in a clay tour-level tournament (finished as the runner-up at Marrakech 2018).
After enjoying a successful debut in Madrid last week, Kyle Edmund now makes his second consecutive main draw appearance in Rome. In 2017, he defeated Joao Sousa in the first round but lost to Juan Martin Del Potro in the second.
Edmund has reached at least the quarterfinal in five of the eight tournaments that he entered so far in 2018. These impressive performances and results helped him become the new British #1 (replaced Andy Murray) and also achieve his career-high rank of #22.
Malek Jaziri News
Malek Jaziri defeated two Russian opponents, Evgeny Donskoy and Mikhail Youzhny, in the qualifying stages to secure his first-ever main draw berth in the Rome Masters.
Making his debut in 2016, the Tunisian was forced to retire from his qualifying match against Filippo Volandri, trailing 4-6 1-4.
Malek Jaziri’s rich vein of form in the recent weeks almost earned him the maiden tour title as he finished as the runner-up to Taro Daniel in Istanbul two weeks back. Before that, Jaziri won the title at Qujing Challenger, made the semifinal at ATP Dubai, and the quarterfinal at Marrakech, Shenzhen Challenger, and Zhuhai Challenger.
Tennis Prediction: Kyle Edmund